Birding brings loads of visitors to the area, and another must-see event in the spring is the annual return of the areas migratory birds. This is a great chance for everyone to celebrate our feathered friends. The setting is spectacular with blooming wildflowers and snowcapped peaks. You’ll see the amazing flora and fauna of the alpine valleys and the majestic Cascades while bird watching.
Calling all foodies!
It’s Spring in Leavenworth, and that means one thing—good food! April is restaurant appreciation month, and all the local eateries go all out to offer the best in local fare. You have the option to dine in, enjoy outside seating, or order take-out! There is no shortage of old-world charm in this Bavarian town, complete with a mix of Pacific Northwest friendliness. After a day of outdoor adventure, non-stop shopping, or experiencing the arts, you’ll be ready to explore their fabulous restaurants that serve up locally sourced cuisine. You can start with a giant pretzel and then feast on brats and beers or sample world-class fare all around town. From Italian treats to South American tapas to hearty pub food to elegant fine dining—nothing beats dining in Leavenworth. Oh, did we mention pears? Spring is the best time to experience the unbelievable variety of pear culinary pleasures at many local eateries!
Hit the trails for the hike of your life
Ask anyone what one of the top things to do in Leavenworth is, and you’ll get a resounding—hiking! Spring is the best time to take a hike, and Leavenworth has an abundance of trails to tackle. The best place to start is at Waterfront Park and the famous Waterfront Park Trail, which winds along the Wenatchee River and is a very accessible and an easy hike. Spring is the best time to enjoy the sounds of nature coming to life in and around the Cascades and its alpine meadows.
Another great hike is the Icicle Gorge Trail. It’s a more accessible trail that takes you along the Icicle River. Just remember that you’ll need a Northwest Forest Pass for both of these trails.
Bike the best trails in the Pacific Northwest
Calling all bike enthusiasts! If you love to ride, then the trails in and around Leavenworth are for you. You can choose from the scenic highways and byways or get dirty on some world-class trails like Freund Canyon. For a one-of-a-kind thrill, visit Enchantment Park’s Bike Pump Park—the only paved track on the West Coast. Once you are bitten by the “bike bug,” you’ll come back to Leavenworth year after year. For breathtaking views of springtime blossoms, bike the area in April or May!
Tee it up in Leavenworth
It doesn’t matter whether you are a three-handicapper or a duffer; the golf courses in and around Leavenworth will not disappoint. Experience majestic mountain vistas as you play the Leavenworth Golf Course. You’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the Wenatchee River as you drive the pristine fairways. Keep your eyes open for the abundant wildlife as you play this fabulous course. You’ll want to come back year after year. If you want to work on your putting stroke, check out the Bavarian-themed mini-golf course at the Icicle Village Resort. You might also enjoy the Enzian Falls Championship Putting Course, a professionally designed 18-hole championship putting course. If you want to head up near Lake Wenatchee you can play the Kahler Glen Golf Course and the also have a unique aqua driving range with island greens and floating golf balls!
Grab a stein and sip some suds
Beer is king in Leavenworth, and locals welcome spring in with an emphatic “prost!” Leavenworth Breweries are not hard to find in this Bavarian-themed town. The Icicle Brewing Company is an institution in Leavenworth and you can visit their local production craft brewery and awesome tasting room where you can sample fresh ales and lagers paired with locally produced artisan foods. Doghaus Brewery is a pint-sized craft brewery, located in the former morgue of the Cascade Sanitarium.